No pathway for West Papua to be put on decolonisation list

A New Zealand parliament select committee has heard there’s currently no pathway for Indonesian-ruled Papua region, known as West Papua, to be put on the UN decolonisation list. The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee was today briefed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about West Papua, following an earlier hearing in June. https://player.fm/series/radio-new-zealand-all-programmes/no-pathway-for-west-papua-to-be-put-on-decolonisation-list

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PNG researcher calls on locals to stop sorcery related violence

A Papua New Guinea researcher says a recent attack on a six-year-old girl accused of sorcery is an affront to the rights of women and children. Auckland University law student Mary Kints, who is from PNG, has conducted research on sorcery back home. Ms Kints said she was sad to hear about the recent attack on the girl in Enga […]

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Gender inequality at the heart of Pacific violence pandemic

A United Nations representative in the Pacific Nicolas Burniat says gender inequality is at the heart of pandemic levels of violence against women in the region. Mr Burniat, who’s the deputy representative for UN Women Pacific, said Pacific countries share a high level of gender inequality and violence rates in the region are well over the average. He said the […]

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MSG meet to discuss Arms Trade Treaty and UNPoA

The 3rd Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Regional Workshop on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapon (UNPoA) was held at the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila from 13-14 November 2017. The workshop was officially opened by the Acting Director General Mr Peter Eafeare.  In his opening statement, Mr Eafeare conveyed the […]

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House appreciates military, police cooperation to free hostages

The House of Representatives (DPR) has appreciated the cooperation of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) to free villagers who had been taken hostage by the Armed Group  in Papua. The synergy of TNI-Polri to free hostages from the armed groups in Papua deserves appreciation, as it shows a form of first-class cooperation that has saved […]

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